Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Spooky Men's Chorale on BBC Radio 3's The Choir

Before we finally bid farewell to the immenseness that is The Spooky Men's Chorale and the joy they have sprinkled on the summer all over the UK (no coincidence the weather has been so much better this year??), there is one more nugget of Spookyness to unearth.

You may not have noticed, but the blokes were in action on the BBC again just before their last emotional concert at the Union Chapel, and what an interesting piece of radio it is.  The programme in question is The Choir presented by Mary King who was looking at the growing interest in natural voice singing which lead her to meet with the Spooky Men's Chorale and others.

Events like this probably don't happen enough, but the programme was full of very interesting material including a decent length interview with the SpookMeister himself as well as a lady called Phoene Cave, a member of the Natural Voice Practitioner's Network.  This is another website worth exploring where you might find reference to someone we know very well.

But, unfortunately if you haven't heard the piece by the time you see this posting it could be too late to head over to the BBC Website to listen again, however some decent soul has manage to scrape the recordings together, trim them down and posted them so you can enjoy them for a little longer.

You really should give it a listen as the two pieces have a lot of interesting material in them and some revealing insights into some of the inspiration and the methods of the SpookMeister and how he pieces the Spooky's songs together.  There is a particularly interesting insertion of a genuine traditional Georgian choral piece Riding Song, Tskhenosnuri, performed by the excellent Ensemble Rustavi (well worth an amble over to explore their site).  You can purchase a recording of this piece (bizarrely enough captured whilst in Australia) from here - if you are interested in Georgian male choral singing it is highly recommended.

Ending their tour on yet another high (how will they cope returning to normal life?!) with this final comment from Mary King in conversation with Mr Stephen Taberner, "Anything that gets men to sing is a good thing", Agreed!

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